Middle school students donate thousands of socks to LeBonheur

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The smallest feet of some of the smallest patients in the Mid-South will now be a little warmer, thanks to the generous hearts of nearly 50 students from the Beta Club at Bolivar Middle School.

"I just put myself in the place of those babies. If I was a little baby, I'd want people to bring more socks to me," 6th grader Becca Fulghum said.

"It was amazing how the little babies and their feet were so tiny," 6th grader Carly Weems added.

The neo-natal unit at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center serves over 260 Mid-South kids each year.  This large donation is welcome news to patients' families.

"I think that's awesome. That's amazing that they would do that for these children and what a blessing to the family that will be," Sherry Jones said.

"It also says what our country is all about. What we should be about. Always thinking about the needs of others," Mark Jones said.

Neonatologist Marilyn Robinson is glad to see students getting involved. She said donations touch neo-natal families even more because they do not get to go home until the babies are well.

"These kids may turn into the people who work here at Le Bonheur and the new hospital so we're excited about the gift," Dr. Robinson said.

"You really realized how special life is each day," Beta Club sponsor Kristy Sims said.

And now, thanks to the students, the lives and feet of these small babies are a little warmer.

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